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If you're looking to get your scare on, Southland theme parks are chock full of places to hang with things that go bump in the night.
KNOTT'S BERRY FARM Knott's Berry Farm is a brand name of two separate entities: a theme park in Buena Park, California, and a manufacturer of food specialty products (primarily jams and preserves) based in Placentia, California.
At the "Beowulf" maze at Knott's Berry Farm's Halloween Haunt, there's a room exquisitely decorated with hanging body parts.
"And it's around here where you'll find me, throwing an arm at you," said bloody-faced Robert Blick of San Bernardino San Bernardino, city, United States
San Bernardino (săn bûr'nədē`nō), city (1990 pop. 164,164), seat of San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1854. , crouching in the shadows and dressed in leather armor.
This is the 35th incarnation of the Haunt, and visitors new and old will see several new mazes this year.
In addition to the Beowulf "Labyrinth of Darkness," there's also the Doll Factory, Pyromaniax, the Black Widow black widow, poisonous spider of the genus Latrodectus, found throughout North and South America and common in the SW United States. The name derives from the fact that the female, like those of many other spider species, may eat the male after mating. Cavern and Killer Klown Kollege -- all new for 2007. That's in addition to old favorites like the Lore of the Vampire, The Asylum and Red Beard's Revenge mazes, among others.
>Where: Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park Buena Park (bwā`nə), city (1990 pop. 68,784), Orange co., S Calif.; inc. 1953. Food processing, the manufacture of aircraft, and tourism are important to the city's economy.
>When: Most nights through Oct. 31
>Cost: $46 presale, $51 day of the event
>Information: (714) 220-5000; www.halloweenhaunt.com
Halloween at Universal Studios could best be summed up by Freddy Krueger -- it's showtime.
Then again, it would have to be him, since Jason and Leatherface don't say much.
You can find all three of New Line Cinema's signature horror characters during Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Halloween Horror Nights could refer to:
This year, Universal is going with a trio of mazes each featuring one of the New Line evil icons: Jason Voorhees ("Friday the 13th Friday the 13th
regarded as unlucky day. [Western Folklore: Misc.]
See : Luck, Bad "), Freddy Krueger ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Leatherface ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre").
Each maze pays homage to vintage moments in each movie series, be it through the movie-set quality sets or memorable kills.
"We almost had to become experts in the films themselves, but we also went to the fansites," said creative director John Murdy. "We just looked at what the fans would really want to see. We didn't want to be arrogant and say, 'Let's create our own story."'
>Where: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza City Plaza is a shopping mall in historic downtown St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.
This shopping plaza features heritage architecture and a European small shop ambience. It is home to BITNETS, the award winning technology business, other upscale offices and boutique-style shops. , Universal City
>When: Select nights through Oct. 31
>Cost: Tickets start at $51, $39 if purchased in advance
>Information: (818) 622-3801; www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood
DISNEYLAND AND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
You can join Mickey, Donald, Goofy and a host of other Disney characters for a few nights of Halloweening that aren't going to give the kids nightmares.
The parks will be rich with seasonal decorations, including most of the rides and attractions. You'll also see the Haunted Mansion attraction transformed to accommodate the "Haunted Mansion Holiday Haunted Mansion Holiday is a seasonal attraction at the Disneyland park in California and Japan. Called Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare in Japan, it is a blend of The Haunted Mansion and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. ," courtesy of Jack and the other happy denizens from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
New to HalloweenTime this year is "Candy Corn Acres," a candy corn farm cultivated by Goofy in Sunshine Plaza. There are more than 6,000 pieces of candy featured. There are also various kinds of candy "fruit," such as pumpkins, grapes and coconuts.
Other highlights include the "Golden Screams Theater" and the Golden Screams awards ceremony. There, the audience actually votes for the Disney villains and decides which one wins the award for best scream. Families can also take advantage of HalloweenTreat, which lets children trick-or-treat throughout California Adventure.
For more information, you can check out Disneyland on the Web at . HalloweenTime runs until Oct. 31. A single-day ticket costs $66 for guests ages 8 and higher. You can also call .
>Where: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Disney's California Adventure is a theme park in Anaheim, California, adjacent to Disneyland Park and part of the larger Disneyland Resort. It opened on February 8, 2001. The park is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. , 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
>When: Through Oct. 31
>Cost: Included with regular park admission. $91 single-day park-hopper tickets for adults, $81 for ages 3-9
>Information: (714) 781-4565; www.disneyland.com
SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN Six Flags Magic Mountain is an amusement park located just west of the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles. It opened on Memorial Day weekend on May 29, 1971 as Magic Mountain, by the Newhall Land and Farming Company,
Starting today, Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest spans four weekends, featuring zombies Zombies
Companies that continue to operate even though they are insolvent. Also known as living dead.
It's advisable to avoid investing in zombies at all costs their life expectancies are highly unpredictable. that lumber throughout the park, a bevy bevy
a flock of birds. of haunted mazes and the Globe of Death.
There are also plenty of rides in the dark such as Tatsu, Goliath, Scream, Viper and The Riddler's Revenge. Parkgoers also have the chance to hop on the Colossus Colossus - (A huge and ancient statue on the Greek island of Rhodes).
For the kids, there's a craft area and costume contest in Bugs Bunny World.
This year's Fright Fest also will feature three new attractions: the Coffin of Fear, Wheel of Fright and the Heckles and Twitch Show. Heckles and Twitch are a pair of irreverent clowns whose use dark humor to captivate the audience.
>Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain, 6101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia
>When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Oct. 29-31
>Cost: $59.99 (buy online for $29.99); $29.99 for children under 48 inches
>Information: (661) 255-4111; www.sixflags.com/magicmountain
As luck would have it, this is the 13th year of the Queen Mary transforming itself into a ship of doom for the Halloween masses.
In addition to checking out seven mazes, there are also plenty of chances to party. There's a huge dance party in the Coffin Club and an even bigger tri-level dance party in the Boiler Room boiler room n. a telephone bank operation in which fast-talking telemarketers or campaigners attempt to sell stock, services, goods, or candidates and act as if they are calling from an established company or brokerage. Club. Live bands also will perform nightly in Purgatory Park.
New for this year are two mazes, the Manor of Mayhem and the Revenge of the Reaper reaper, early farm machine drawn by draft animals or tractor and used to harvest grain. Its historical predecessors were the sickle and the cradle scythe, which are still used in some parts of the world. . The mazes can be found either on the ship or on shore, with some of them taking advantage of the Queen Mary's multitude of corridors and hallways -- even restricted areas of the ship. There will be more than 400 oddballs
The Oddballs is a comedy act in the United Kingdom. It is best known for their "Naked Balloon Dance". It has caused controversy, including an attempt to ban the show from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. and ghouls frightening guests on and around the ship.
>Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach
>When: 7 p.m. to midnight (later some nights), tonight, Sunday and Oct. 12-13, 19-21, 26-28, 30 and 31
>Cost: $35 ($20 tonight and Sunday)
>Information: (562) 435-3511; www.queenmaryshipwreck.com
MORE TRICKS AND TREATS
Legoland and SeaWorld also are in the Halloween spirit with special events this month.
Brick-or-Treat returns for a ninth season to Legoland with all sorts of "ghoulish ghoul
1. One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome.
2. A grave robber.
3. An evil spirit or demon in Muslim folklore believed to plunder graves and feed on corpses. " fun, including daily costume contests, trick-or-treating and entertainment from the Boo Crew. Saturday hours have been expanded and the park will be open after dark.
Brick-or-Treat takes place Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. Tickets are $55 general, $44 for children 3-12 and seniors. Information: (760) 918-5346, www.legoland.com.
There also will be trick-or-treating at SeaWorld for kids 10 and younger who show up in costume Oct. 28 and 31.
Admission to SeaWorld is $57 general, $47 for children 3-9. Information: (800) 380-3203; www.seaworldsandiego.com
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